How To: Pick the Perfect Gold Frame
You know when you see something framed and it just looks *just* right, but you don't really know why? It's likely because the tones of the art and the tones of the frame are in sync. And this, friends, is the key to answering one of our most frequently asked framing questions: I know I want a gold frame to complement my art, but how do I pick the right one?
Tone is the key. When comparing and considering our gold frames, we look at them on a spectrum of warmest to coolest finishes. What exactly are we talking about? "Warm" frames have red/orange undertones, while "cool" frames have blue. You want to match the tone of your art with the tone of its frame: warm art with a warm frame, and cool art with a cool frame.
Once you've determined which tone looks best, you can narrow down your selection based on the style or vibe you like for the piece. Below, we've ordered all the gold frames in our collection from warmest to coolest and included a few notes on how to best use each one. Read on, learn up, and go for the gold.
Concord: Gold beaded frame
Vibe: A classic frame, Concord has curvy, feminine detailing with delicate beading along the inner edge.
Tone: This is our most orange gold. Because of its undertones, we tend only to recommend using it with pieces that have green.
Pair with: Art with greens—especially outdoor photos.
Mandalay: Gold bamboo frame
Vibe: This is the frame we're known for. Pick this one if you want to add some fun to your art. It feels a little retro, but can also feel classic depending on your decor style.
Tone: This is a brassy, orange-y gold. It has red paint under the gold finish which comes through in tone.
Pair with: Fun Instagrams and colorful art prints.
Richmond: Antiqued gold frame
Vibe: A little classic, and a little modern. The profile is classic, but it's thin and deep so it looks beautiful in a modern context, as well.
Tone: Like Mandalay, this is a warm orange-y gold.
Pair with: Looks great with almost anything. It's our go-to for photos.
Chelsea: Wide classic gold frame
Vibe: Another great statement piece, this is our widest gold frame. It's very feminine and glamorous (hello curves), and reads as traditional. But! You can definitely mix it up by pairing it with a modern piece or using it in a modern setting.
Tone: Warm. The perfect traditional gold.
Pair with: Art prints, portraits, and wedding photos.
Potomac: Wide gold frame
Vibe: This plein air frame's layered gold finish truly *shines*. It's wide, but flat on the front, which is an interesting profile—it's the only one we have like it. This is our frame that feels the most different in person from how it reads in photos, because it honestly glows in the sunlight.
Pair with: Art and paintings with rich, bright and deep colors. We like using it without a mat.
Olympia: Gold frame with black sides
Vibe: This is an artist's frame. The gallery profile—narrow on the front and deep on the sides—makes it a beautiful choice. A style chameleon, this frame feels a little traditional from afar and modern up close. It's dramatic.
Tone: The face of this frame is a warm gold with a lot of distressing (you can see dark undertones through the gold paint in certain spots). The outside edge and inside lip are black, so you can clearly see the frame's depth, which is the point.
Pair with: Art you want to float mount in gold.
Lafayette: Gold rippled frame
Vibe: This frame is such a beautiful way to make a statement. It can feel classic or have a Hollywood Regency feel.
Tone: This frame has red undertones, but the overall tone is yellower than Concord or Mandalay.
Pair with: Bold, bright art.
Georgetown: Antiqued fluted gold frame
Vibe: Classic. Understated.
Tone: Muted neutral gold. Layered gold tones.
Pair with: Maps, botanicals, vintage pieces, or quiet photos.
Dorado: Bright gold metallic frame
Vibe: Feels modern (flat front and side) but has a small edge detail with antiquing to add interest.
Tone: This frame has cool undertones, but is a really beautiful, *bright*, glossy style. This frame is actually the color of a gold foil print.
Pair with: Gold foil prints!
Carson: Clean gold frame
Vibe: This is our most modern—maybe even a little '90's?!—frame. It looks like brushed metal.
Pair with: Bigger pieces. Want to frame a poster in gold? Carson is your best choice.
What do you think? Ready to pick the perfect gold?